DuBOIS — Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. has decided to temporarily suspend its application for constructing a new well station in Treasure Lake.
Aqua Director of Operations Pat Burke sent a letter Thursday to the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association Board to inform them of that decision.
In the letter to the TLPOA, dated Feb. 15, Burke stated that Aqua has requested that its application to the Sandy Township Board of Supervisors to construct a new well station along Barbary Coast Court in Treasure Lake be temporarily suspended to allow time for Aqua to address concerns raised by local constituents.
The current application was filed Dec. 21, 2017, and was scheduled for decision on or before March 29.
“Our suspension request will ask that the application be acted upon by May 7, 2018,” Burke stated in the letter.
“We’d like to express our appreciation to the POA and the township supervisors for their roles in sharing the concerns of their constituents, which helped us reach our decision,” Burke said.
“Although we feel comfortable that our due diligence was through and we came to the right decision, we are open to the concerns expressed by others and are willing to consider their positions,” Burke continued. “The suspension will give us time to do that.”
Burke also stated that the new, modern and more efficient well station is necessary to replace the current aging facility, which is nearing the end of its useful life.
“The new well station will provide increased capacity and ensure reliable service into the future,” Burke said.
Once Aqua decides on its course of action, it will report back to the TLPOA, Burke said.
A public hearing regarding a request from Aqua for a modification to an existing planned residential development in Treasure Lake for a proposed water filtration plant was held Jan. 15 by the township supervisors. Although it was standing room only during the 2 1/2 hour hearing, no opportunity for public comment was given until the regular supervisors’ meeting that immediately followed. Several residents voiced their opposition to the location of the proposed well station at that time.
The most vocal concerns have been raised by Robert and Betsy Hooven, who live on Barbary Coast Court adjacent to where the proposed well station is to be built. Though they agree that the improvements are needed to improve water quality in Treasure Lake, they say the proposed location “would have a devastating effect on property values of the homes” and urged the supervisors to stop Aqua from building the well station near their home.
Treasure Lake has thousands of acres of property, Hooven said at the Feb. 5 regular supervisors’ meeting. That property is divided into vast open land, large and small parklets, commercial and residential property, he said.
“A building of this size and activity should not be built on residential numbered lots created for the purpose of building homes, raising families or retirement,” Hooven said.
The supervisors tabled taking any action on Aqua’s request at that meeting.